It started in March on 2015. I made and drank my first green smoothie. Now, almost two years later, I am pleased to report that I have pretty much drank a green smoothie every single day since then. To some, this journey might seem long, but it really has gone quickly. Has it changed me? I hope so. I certainly am not worse off. I think I need to step back and look a little more carefully at the journey and where I am now.
My first green smoothie two years ago was about 20 ounces of a bit of spinach, a banana, an orange, an apple, and half a cup of apple juice. Not too bad tasting, but I had to get use to it. Soon after that, I shifted the mixture to less fruit and more greens. Then, even more greens and no apple juice. The goal was always mostly greens and a bit of fruit, but this is something I needed to work up to. For me, mostly green smoothies are a learned taste. I think within a month, I reached my goal, but it was such a hassle to make a smoothie each day. This I resolved by purchasing an amazing Vitamix blender. This blender not only spins at 38000 RPM, so it can pulverize anything, but it has a 60 oz pitcher, so I could make more to drink. The next evolution, maybe two months in, was to make three days worth of smoothies at a time. This saved a lot of time but required me to make some more purchases – three 40 oz Hydraflask stainless steel, insulated bottles. Now, I could make 3 40 oz smoothies, keep them in the refrigerator, and pull a new one out each day. This is the solution I am still using today.
During the first six months, I experimented a lot with my mixture and got it how I like, it, not too thick as to clog the blender so the blades spin but the smoothie sits above the blades. Also, enough ice, so it is like an icey but still pour-able. Also, for each batch, I use about 1.5 – 2 lbs of fresh greens, 3 bananas, 6 handfuls of frozen fruit, a few tablespoons of flaxseed or chia seed, two cups of water, and 4 handfuls of ice. I vary what greens I use so I do not get too much of any single green and risk alkaloid issues. I have used spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, dandelions, carrot tops, romance lettuce, carrots, and cilantro. I have also varied the fruit I use to get a good variety of nutrients, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, oranges, bandanas, apples, mangoes, and pineapple. So, this is my magic potion.
The question is what good has it done me. At the start of this process, I wrote down all my ailments. I wasn’t expecting a miracle cure for all of them, but was concerned that if an issue went away, I might not remember it unless I recorded it. From that list, I can definitely say my stomach and digestion issues are mostly gone. I can also report that I have amazingly low cholesterol levels, even better than 20 years ago, but that is the last time I had it checked, so I am not sure if it dropped with the smoothies or if it had previously dropped. My gut tells me that for my level to drop by over 40 between 20 years that the smoothies had to play some part. Do I have fewer aches or better hair or more energy? I really don’t think so, but that is hard to measure. I might be far less healthy if I stopped. In all, I cannot see many tangible differences, but I still feel really good about what I am doing. And maybe, just maybe, things are just getting better so slowly that i haven’t noticed.
Most articles I have read, there are always exceptions, say that eating greens and fruit is good for you, especially the greens. So, I have gone from eating about two servings of fruits and vegetables a day to eating over six, and they are a lot better vegetables than I was eating. I like this and believe strongly that over the long run, this is what I want to do and this is what is good for me to do.
Where am I headed with this? I am still working on eating healthier and being more active – I even started doing yoga two weeks ago. I am trying to further reduce the amount of meat products and diary, fat, sugar, preservatives, and glutton I eat. I don’t have any specific goals for these at this time, but as I progress in these areas, I am getting closer to the point where I might set a goal and be able to stick with it.
In summary, I have been doing green smoothies for two years. They have helped me with my digestion, cholesterol, and probably some other areas. I am happy I did it and plan to continue doing it. I am also working on improving other areas of health in my life.